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Public Sex: From Clock Towers to Train Tracks

November 30, 2009 News, OMGWTFBBQ No Comments

clockrompThe crowds gathered to watch the spectacle. Above them, in broad daylight, a couple were getting busy in a Sydney landmark over a busy street–right at midday!

According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, the incident did not alarm or offend onlookers (you know you’ve left the United States when…).

The Sun, never one to miss developing a racy story, offered up the top ten bonkers places to get it on in public.

These are our top five:

1. At A Major Tourism Destination

Joy Taylor, 35, and Romeo Phil Carden, 30, got down and dirty in front of 100 tourists at Windsor Castle. Beat that regal romp.

2. In A Telephone Booth

Ben Whelan, 34, and Rebekah James, 33, got steamy for in a phonebooth–in full view of a police station–after squeezing into it to avoid getting drenched in a downpour in Brighton, East Sussex. Wet and cramped–talk about intense. Too bad we don’t have too many of those on our side of the Atlantic. Damn Puritans.

3. Atop A Police Car

Dutch police arrested a couple for having sex in public last year–on one of their patrol cars! Apparently the couple didn’t notice that there were officers inside the car.

Here’s the best part–it’s not illegal there to have sex on top of a car. The reason they were arrested is because the couple refused to stop and the law prohibits from preventing police from being on the ready when they’re on duty.

4. In A Crane

Construction worker Justin Dunn, 23, got down in a crane. Cops were called in, but they didn’t press charges–the crane was deemed private property.

5. On train tracks

Call me neurotic, but this one is kind of romantic. In September, a couple in South Africa got it on in the tracks of a train. The conductor yelled for them to move, but the couple refused, ending their lives mid-coitus.

Yeah, I know, I’ll never get a date again.

Information from the Daily Telegraph and The Sun. Image from The Sun.

Love Pollution: How Loud Is Too Loud?

November 30, 2009 Freedom, News 4 Comments

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Time for a horrifying, overshar-y confession. When I was in college, my ex and I moved into a house together. Because we had the extra space, we didn’t hesitate to let some mutual friends move in with us.

It was a happy house, with most all of us being geeks and spending hours silently in front of our computers in the Hush room (where, literally, we had a “do not speak; if you need something, send an IM,” rule). Well, one of us wasn’t a geek, but snorting copious amounts of cocaine off the kitchen counter doesn’t make that much of a racket. Not that I knew anything about this at the time or condone this behavior.

Anyway. One day, I was walking to the kitchen when I overheard a conversation between my ex and a male roommate go down as follows:

ROOMMIE: what the hell do you do to AV, man? You sound like you’re killing her every night. It’s horrible.
EX: yeah? At least you’re in the next room. Imagine having that in your ear.

I can’t tell you the complex I got over it. Even long after we were over, I thought about this.

I do think about the aesthetics of sex–I’m a visual person and I like mirrors, so coordination has become a involuntary thing. But to think about what noises I’m making on top of it? Is there any room left over for actually, oh, I don’t know, enjoying the moment?

It’s a crowded world, and while I’ve moved away from having roommates and keeping lovers who don’t appreciate my, um, emphatic verbal appreciation, many still deal with the issue of noise pollution.

A most recent example is a UK couple were actually handed a noise abatement notice for boinking so loudly they disturbed their neighbors and people on the street. The Telegraph reports: “Caroline and Steve Cartwright’s love making was described as ‘murder’ and ‘unnatural’ and drowned out their neighbours’ televisions.”

The city went as far as to install a decibel-meter in their home to get an idea of the sort of noise they were making. According to the device, the couple reached 47 decibels at the highest (which, Anna North at Jezebel is quick to point out is below the level of normal conversation).

For this disturbance, the Cartwrights received an order to refrain from “shouting, screaming or vocalisation at such a level as to be a statutory nuisance.” When they failed to cease and desist, the couple were convicted of violating the ban. Now, Caroline Cartwright is taking the judgment head on, calling it a breach of human rights.

Now, I believe in common courtesy and feel for their neighbors, but the idea of a city telling me how loud I can scream during sex makes my libertarian leanings growl and hiss.

Exploring Cartwright’s appeal to the conviction that she cannot help making these noises, Jezebel’s Anna North, does some research:

Well, folks, I Googled “women’s sex vocalization” so you don’t have to (though if you’d like to know what a) rats, b) mice and c) brunettes sound like while engaged in intercourse, by all means go ahead), and I came up with a book called The Male Sexual Machine, by Kenneth Purvis. The book’s overview makes the specious claim that “the practice of gynecology has brought millions of women to a greater understanding of their own sexual health, its male counterpart, andrology, remains largely an unexplored field” (sounds a little like a certain Onion article), but it does offer some semi-intriguing evolutionary explanations for women’s sex sounds. Apparently a woman’s moans speed a man’s ejaculation, possibly improving the odds of simultaneous orgasm and thus of conception. And somewhat more upsettingly, female moaning may have evolved to attract more male partners to the area, back in monkey-times when most sex was group sex. All of Purvis’s arguments seem like they deserve a pretty big grain of salt, but it is possible that women’s sex noises have a biological basis. And while most of us can keep them in check when we’re, say, staying at our parents’ houses, there’s an element of the involuntary in the sex moan, and it’s not hard to believe that some people might have trouble stifling it.

I’m with North–moaning is not only not “unnatural,” it’s also better than other things–like people fighting.

In fact, I’ve been known to turn down my music to take in the sounds of a couple truly enjoying themselves.

But what do I know, I’m a sex blogger and confessed howler.

Either way, the News section of this site just got a Freedom subsection.

Image by Tambako the Jaguar. Information from The Telegraph, via Jezebel.

J.Lo. Doesn’t Have A Sex Tape

November 29, 2009 News, Sex Tape No Comments

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False alarm. Rumors that her flash-in-the-pan ex-hubby Ojani Noa is shopping a sex tape around are false.

“They think I have a sex tape with her and that I’m trying to sell it,” Noa told E! News in an exclusive interview. “My tape is from our honeymoon, the wedding, us hanging out. There’s no nudity—maybe one spanking. There’s moments of her fighting with her mom…couples having fun and kissing. If someone has a sex tape, it’s not me.”

Whatever it is, J.Lo. is fighting him at every turn. She won an injunction to stop him from selling a tell-all about their relationship (rife with allegations that she was sleeping around on him!) and a temporary court order to shut down its development.

She sued him again last month for $10 million over this alleged sex tape business. Dude’s messing with the wrong Jenny from the block.

“I’m not going to harm anybody,” Noa, 35, says. “I’m a great guy. If I was going to hurt anybody I have had many, many chances to do it. I always wish her the best.”

His newest thing is a mockumentary loosely based on how he escaped Cuba, got a job at a restaurant and seduced the star into a 10-month marriage.

Yeah, you’re right, you’re not hurting anyone, dude. You’re just annoying as hell, like a rash that won’t go away.

Information from E! Online. Image from People.

Research Suggests Absence Does Indeed Make The Heart Grow Fonder

November 28, 2009 News, Research 1 Comment

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The giant panda is well known for having a low sex drive, especially in captivity–add to that a brief mating season, and atrophied leg muscles due to an obstacle free existence in a zoo, and you’ve got yourself slim to nil chances of successful mating.

But it seems researchers have found a way to get the creature into a more loving mood–by separating partners. Zhang Hemin, a doctor inspecting the two pandas at the Taipei Zoo, is credited with the exercise in longing.

Guess what? It works. Best reason ever to convince hubby you need a getaway weekend with the girlfriends.

Information from 2point6billion. Image by Jeff Kubina.

Cell Phones Might Break Your Sperm!

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Not only are Bluetooth headsets the ultimate sign of douchebaggery, keeping your phone in talk mode in your pocket while you use your hands’ free device may screw up your sperm, too.

Awesome, now you’re doubly less of a man.

“We found increased oxidative stress and a decrease in sperm motility,” said Dr. Ashok Agarwal, the director of Reproductive Research at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

What that means, basically, is that there’s an overall decrease in quality. How does this happen? A phone in use emits high-power radiofrequency electromagnetic waves, which negatively impact semen production. (Not good enough for you? Go read all the specifics right here).

“At this time I would say excessive use should be avoided,” Agarwal said.

But it’s not like you’re one of those douchebags who wear Bluetooth sets 24/7, are you? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Information from Renal and Urology News. Image of Brad Pitt from Wired.

12 Reasons To Have Sex Right Now

November 27, 2009 Research 9 Comments

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Sex feels good, but that’s not the only reason we should be having it. Aside from giving you a killer work out, having sex regularly also has implications in other aspects of your life. Below are twelve reasons you should call it a day early and jump into the arms of your current object of desire:

  • A study at Queens University in Belfast found that having sex three times a week could halve your risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Having sex once or twice a week has been found to raise your body’s levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from viral and bacterial infections. According to one study, people who have sex more than once a week had 30% higher levels of IgA than those who abstained.
  • During sex, the natural steroid DHEA is secreted throughout the body and after an orgasm the level in the bloodstream soars to five times its normal amount. Known as the anti-ageing hormone, high levels of DHEA are thought to keep your body fitter and disease-free, helping you to live longer.
  • An Australian study found that people who had an orgasm at least three times a week had a 50% lower chance of dying from any medical reason than those who only climaxed once a month.
  • Couples who have sex at least three times a week look more than a decade younger than people who make love less often, according to consultant neuro-psychologist, Dr David Weeks, who did a 10-year study on the subject.
  • Thirty minutes of sex burns up to 150 calories per half-hour, which is equivalent to a small glass of wine. If you have moderately active sex twice a week, you’ll burn an extra 15,600 calories a year!
  • The hormone oestrogen is pumped out during sex, which can have a plumping effect on skin, helping to smooth out fine lines. After menopause, skin can become drier and more wrinkled, as oestrogen levels drop – something research shows regular sex might combat.
  • Because sex is an aerobic form of exercise it promotes skin renewal, according to research at Royal Edinburgh Hospital. It found that vigorous sex pumps higher levels of oxygen around the body, pushing newer, fresher skin cells up to the surface.
  • Like any exercise that raises your heart rate, sex causes your brain to release feel-good chemicals that boost your levels of serotonin – the happy hormone – to lift your mood. Being intimate has also been found to ease mild depression.
  • Sex causes a surge in the “love” hormone oxytocin and other feel-good endorphins, which can reduce pain. Women have reported noticing that headaches, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex.
  • The oxytocin released during orgasm has another benefit – it promotes sleep, according to research. And getting enough sleep has been linked with a host of other good things, such as feeling happier, maintaining a healthy weight and controlling high blood pressure.
  • In a study published in Psychology Journal, researchers found that people who’d had sex in the past 24 hours coped better with stressful scenarios than those who had not.

Information via The Mirror. Image by Nicola Ranaldi, via AcessoRestrito.

Men Fall In Love Faster Than Women

November 25, 2009 News, Research No Comments

A recent study conducted for the UK’s Sunday Telegraph of 2,000 men and women has revealed that men average seven months to declare “I love you” to a partner–a full month less than women. The Telegraph reports:

Oliver James, the clinical psychologist and author, said the findings supported other studies that showed that men fall in love more frequently than women, and that they are more prone to feelings of being “swept away” by someone.

“This is because women mature sooner than men and develop to be more hard-nosed, realistic and in touch with their emotions,” he added. “So when a man says ‘I love you’ it might be his way of dealing with a lot of complex, difficult emotions that he doesn’t really understand, whereas when a woman says it, it might carry a greater weight. The classic cliché is that men use love to get sex and women use sex to get love.”

Fascinating. Assuming saying “I love you,” can be taken to mean someone is actually in love.

Information via The UK Telegraph.

More Baby Daddy Sperm For Mom Means Healthier Spawn

A study from New Zealand has uncovered a correlation between a woman’s prolonged exposure to the semen of her baby’s father serves to protect her against pregnancy-induced hypertension and having an undersized baby.

In this study by Kho and colleagues at the University of Auckland, which was published in the Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 2,507 first-time pregnant women were interviewed about the length of their relationship with their babies’ biological fathers.

When the pregnancies came to term, pregnancy-induced hypertension was found to be less common in women who had long-term sexual relations exclusively with the biological father, than in those who had been with their partner only for less than six months.

The study also revealed that women who had undersized babies were also more likely to have been in shorter relationships with the father, but only when 20-week ultrasounds demonstrated reduced blood flow to the fetus.

Dr. Larry Chamley, a reviewer of the study, explained that in normal pregnancies, “prolonged exposure of the female immune system to paternal antigens following intercourse (without barrier contraception) [could induce] tolerance of the maternal immune system to the paternal antigens. But the exaggerated maternal inflammatory response in pre-eclampsia [pregnancy-induced hypertension] is due to a failure of the maternal immune system to down-regulate or tolerate its response to paternal antigens.”

Meaning that if you’re pregnant, more exposure to the father’s makeup enables your body to better tolerate the foreign substance that helped form that baby inside you. You know what that means, right? Enjoy the cum play.

Information via Lemondrop.

Manhattan Madam Pissed At Harvard

November 22, 2009 Politically Erect No Comments

spitzerThe disgraced former-governor Eliot Spitzer recently spoke at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University as part of a series of talks to “promote philosophical reflection on some of the most challenging ethical issues in public life.”

The foundation’s director, Lawrence Lessig, told The New York Post, that he asked Spitzer to speak because he could offer attendees a unique perspective.

Lessig also said that the well-publicized “hookergate” debacle that cost him governorship was not a factor in determining whether Spitzer was qualified to speak.

Kristin Davis, the madam who supplied Spitzer’s escorts is furious about the speaking gig.

The following excerpt is from a post on Davis blog:

Spitzer drawing the line between public policy and personal ethics is blatantly un-American. Public Officials are elected, in part, on their personal ethics. There [sic] entire past and any blemish on their character are brought to the public light for us to scrutinize and determine whether or not they are “fit” for leadership. Their families campaign with them to show us that they have the type of values that Americans respect and support.

Mr. Spitzer was a vigilant crusader against Wall Street. He was also a vigilant crusader against prostitution yet a hypocrite of the highest level since he went around arresting the same agencies he frequented. I have to wonder if that hypocrisy bled into other areas of his life? Especially since the biggest Ponzie scheme in the history of the world happened right under his nose as both AG and Governor.

For the record, I am not saying that I see no value in hearing what Mr. Spitzer has to say. I’d love to hear from a man who held the highest political office in the state of NY on how we can better evaluate our public officials to ensure they are not corrupt.

You can read the letter she wrote Lessig here.

The response from Harvard students and alums is mixed. Tara Jayaratnam, a student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, told The Boston Globe she “thought it was extremely valuable,” adding that society tends to hold public officials to high standards, often overseeing the expertise they may be able to bring to a debate.

An alum who spoke with The Post at the Harvard Club of New York didn’t mince words: “It’s unbelievably hypocritical. He should find the deepest hole in Manhattan and crawl back into it. Unfortunately, there’s no sense of shame anymore. Shame died with the Clinton era.”

Mmm, catty–just the way we like our politics.

Image via A Life’s Anthropology. Information via The New York Post.

Famous London Call Girl Identity Revealed

November 19, 2009 Culture, News, teh inetrwebz No Comments

“The first thing you should know about me is that I am a whore.”

brookemagnantiSo begins the show Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which is based on the books The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl and The Further Adventures of a London Call Girl, which, in turn, are based on the blog Belle de Jour.

Belle was a call girl between 2003 and 2004, charging $500 an hour for her services, of which she got to keep a little under $350.

“The average appointment lasted two hours; she saw clients two or three times a week, ‘sometimes less, sometimes a great deal more,’” reports The Times.

Belle’s blog was so successful, so full of wit and humor, that many wondered whether she was real at all. Was she really a woman? Could a woman write this well and enjoy sex so much? Is she real at all?

Belle has come out of the closet, ladies and gentlemen. She is a London woman. She is Brooke Magnanti, a researcher specializing in developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology with a a PhD. in informatics, epidemiology and forensic science.

The story recounted by India Knight for The Times of how complex it is to prove a person is a blogger is to me far more interesting than the fact that Brooke Magnanti is–OMGOMG–a call girl:

I am — as you would be — completely fascinated by meeting Belle/Brooke. She has contacted me because she’s had enough of being anonymous. There is also an ex-boyfriend with a big mouth lurking in the background; outing herself while she still has a measure of control over how it happens seems the sensible option.

“The what-ifs are what make me upset,” she says. “What if this happened; what if that happened? And I thought, well, there’s only one way to find out.”

Of course, having been anonymous for so long, she needs to prove to me that she is who she says she is before I agree to meet her. This turns out to be incredibly difficult and throws up interesting questions about authorship. I can’t very well ask to see her passport or utility bills — they may say Brooke Magnanti but they’re hardly going to say Belle de Jour.

Is she the real Belle? You or I could claim to be Belle de Jour; all we’d have to do is talk persuasively to someone about being on the game, using information that we could lift verbatim from the real Belle’s blog and books. (It’s rather odd that nobody thought of this: if you wanted to flush out the real Belle, surely all you’d have to do is produce a fake one.) We’re in e-mail contact before we meet; she tells me she’s in Croatia, but her agent tells me she’s in the West Country. Which is it? He says she’s recently told her mother about her former career; she tells me she hasn’t yet. She offers to show me her laptop, with her Belle typescripts on it, but I don’t have the time to wade through thousands of words checking for verisimilitude.

And yet I believe her — call it instinct. Brooke/Belle tells me her real name and provides details of an authoritative source that handles Belle de Jour’s cunningly concealed money trail. The Sunday Times newsdesk speaks to him; he confirms that Brooke is Belle and that the payments end up in an account belonging to Brooke Magnanti. After our interview, I ask her to post something cryptic up on her blog; this she does.

Read the whole thing–you know you want to.

Oh, and you can add @belledejour_uk on Twitter.

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